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Why do we need to do this?

At Ihezie Foundation we work to inspire children and students to read more; encourage them to share their enjoyment of reading; and celebrate the difference that reading makes. We do this because we know that children need support to read for pleasure and empowerment, and to develop their literacy skills. Ihezie Foundation works with teachers and students across the UK and donates much needed children’s books to support their literacy programmes.

   | The key evidence

  • Department for Education (DfE) statistics show that one in five children in England cannot read well by the age of 11.

  • Another OECD survey showed England to be the only country where 16-24 year olds have lower literacy skills than 55-65 year-olds. The incoming workforce has a lower literacy rate than the retiring workforce.

  • Other research shows that low literacy attainment costs the UK an estimated £81 billion a year in lost earnings and increased welfare spending, decreasing ′the success of the economy as a whole′.

  • Children who read books regularly are on average more satisfied with life, happier, and more likely to feel that the things they do in life are worthwhile.

  • DfE research found that 17 per cent of 15 year-olds in England do not have a minimum level of proficiency in literacy.
  • An analysis of survey data carried out by The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that, in England, 16 to 24 year-olds have lower levels of literacy than young people in 21 other countries in the OECD.
  • Children who fall behind in literacy skills are far more likely to experience employment difficulties in adult life.
  • Research carried out at Oxford University showed that adults with lower literacy levels are more likely to experience poor health and to believe that they have little impact on political processes, and are less likely to participate in volunteer or community activities.
  • More OECD research shows that reading for pleasure has been linked to a reduction in the symptoms of depression and to a reduction in the risk of developing dementia in later life.
  • Lacking vital literacy skills holds a person back at every stage of their life. As a child they won’t be able to succeed at school, as a young adult they will be locked out of the job market, and as a parent they won’t be able to support their own child’s learning.
  • This inter-generational cycle inhibits social mobility and a fairer society.
  • People who are literate get better jobs as adults, earn more and have a more positive impact on the success of the economy.

UK Project News

12,500 children’s books donated to 6 schools in Wandsworth

UK Charity, Ihezie Foundation, donated 12,500 children’s books to 6 schools in Wandsworth, London on Tuesday 11th July 2017. The...